The Audacity of Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s waterboy, Lanny Davis was on CNN after the South Dakota-Montana Democratic primaries, putting everybody straight regarding another guest’s accusation that Hillary Clinton did not congratulate Barak Obama on winning the required delegates for nomination. Although I think Lanny Davis is mostly fair in his representations, I think his loyalty to Hillary Clinton has given him a bit of tone-deafness and a case of “you only hear what you want to hear.”

Case in point…If you listen to Hillary Clinton’s speech in New York City on the final night of the Democratic Party primaries, you will indeed hear Senator Clinton congratulate Barak Obama. She said,

“I want to start tonight by congratulating Senator Obama and his supporters on the extraordinary race that they have run. Senator Obama has inspired so many Americans to care about politics and empowered so many more to get involved, and our party and our democracy is stronger and more vibrant as a result. So, we are grateful, and it has been an honor to contest these primaries with him, just as it is an honor to call him my friend. And tonight, I would like all of us to take a moment to recognize him and his supporters for all they have accomplished.” (Read it here)

That piece of boilerplate could have been delivered on each and every primary night since the beginning of the the year. It would have been appropriate for any state contest, whether Obama had won or lost. But on one of the most significant nights in US history, Hillary Clinton profaned the moment by serving up an officious and tarnished puff piece in place of a genuine and appropriate tribute. On a night when the Democratic Party should have been popping champagne over the historic accomplishment of Obama’s campaign, Hillary Clinton couldn’t find the class to do what well-mannered, and decent people do under the circumstances. Give honest, praise to the victor. Heck, even George W. Bush knows how to do that. (read...)

For Lanny Davis, he may be able to explain what Bill Clinton meant when he questioned what the meaning of the word is is, but when it comes to defending Hillary Clinton’s lack of genuine tribute toward Barak Obama for his historical win in the Democratic presidential sweepstakes, Lanny has no play. It’s not about her psyche or her supposed commitment to her supporters. It’s still about her character.

As a life-long Democrat, I’m tired of the brand of politics the Clintons represent. Their’s reminds me of a roller derby game. Its a game with real rules, but a game where bending and breaking the rules, as well as brutality are winked at and encouraged. We need leaders who are humble in their winning and gracious in their losing.

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